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Busy gets six-month sentence

BY PAUL HENRY Crime/court co-ordinator henryp@jamaicaobserver.com

Friday, September 21, 2012 | 5:04 PM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Reggae singer Busy Signal was today sentenced to six months’ imprisonment in a Minnesota court in the United States. But he will be out of jail in two months’ time because he has already served four months in lockup, which is considered time served.

The artiste, whose real name is Glendale Goshia Gordon, was sentenced on a charge of failure to show up for trial, following his guilty plea in July.

Busy Signal, 33, was in February 2002 slapped with two counts of cocaine-related charges, in the US, which carry a sentence of at least 15 years in prison.

He, however, fled the US before his trial was to begin that year, causing a warrant to be issued for his arrest.

The plea comes exactly a month after the artiste was extradited to the United States when he decided against challenging his extradition in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court.

He was detained by authorities in London last May and accused of travelling with false documents, including a passport that listed a different name. He returned to Kingston where he was arrested at the airport.

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